ok ok the last one for now……fresh summer smoothie

Yes I a addicted to every day a green smoothie, after trying one week, I am convienced! I love it and my children get a lot of vitamins in their body just by drinking a nice smoothie.
So yesterday I tried a new one, I just used my creativity, This is a fresh summer smoothie, everybody liked it! Also our French couchsurfers, who are lucky I am addicted so they get also some vitamin shot!Good for their ‘world’trip.I loved their adventure, they are going hitch-hiking through Europe, I want to join toooo 😉

The recipe for the fresh summer smoothie (4-6 persons)
2 little mangos or 1 big one
2 bananas
1 cucumber
2 glasses of water

Kitchentools
a blender/magimix with smoothie kit

Yeah….
So just get all the ingredients, wash the cucumber, peel the mango and blend it all together in the blender till it’s smooth. At last I poor in the glasses of water. Get the glasses and taste the fresh summer smoothie especially in the sun at your garden….AAH

enjoy

endive on experiment-tour!

Wintertimes! Nice to go to palace the Loo in Apeldoorn, not so crowded only a little cold! Nice to see the too much over decorated rooms, walls with flowers and gold, bed with flower curtains, al lot of paintings at the wall, the ceilings painted, closets with a lot of hand-crafted wood, the carpet full with flowers or carpets at the wall I think handmade. I think I would get neurotic and restless of all those impulses in the rooms!
What about the beautiful gardens with a lot of fountains, only no water because of the cold, but in the summer it would be lovely! A lot of Romans influences, the statues, the nice cutted bushes in all kind of shapes and a lot of squares. It was a pity when we were outside and the rain comes out of the clouds again, tomorrow it would be more worse they say, a lot of wind, storm they said and rain of course!
Ooh I didn’t tell about the place where the horses were standing, and the coaches. Wow if I had a house like that I would be very rich, it is soo big, I forgot already that we weren’t at the palace yet it was just a shed/garage. I t was a nice day and my parents and we loved it. It was a surprise for my parents we won some free tickets for the palace (yoohoo) from some lottery ! My boyfriend is a member for almost 30 years and finally he won something!
Anyway a Dutch palace, and some Dutch food are perfect too each other, and I was a couple of days being very creative and yes I have to say this time it worked out (sometimes I think I  do must eat this also? ;))
Anyway the experimental endive

The recipe for the experimental endive (4-6 persons)
2222 grams of potatoes with or without peel (if its organic with peel) cut in 4 pieces
a big crop of endive washed and drained, cut in little slices
4 big carrots cut in slices
1 cup of crunched walnuts
14 sun-dried tomatoes cut in little pieces

The kitchen-tools
a cooking pan
a knife
a masher
some plates to put the dinner on
a wooden spoon

Lets begin
Just easy to make this dinner, it just take 20 minutes out of your daytime to make it. Just wash and cut all the vegetables.
Put some water in the cooking pan and throw in the carrots and potatoes, bring it to a boil and boil for approx. 15 minutes (till the potatoes are soft)
When the potatoes and carrots are ready, poor out the water and mash the potatoes and the carrots, now it’s time for the endive to come in the pan, mix this all together that the balance of potatoes/carrots and endive is 50/50.
At last you can put in the sun-dried tomatoes and walnuts, or what I did I sprinkled the walnuts on the dinner when it is on the plate. So this is it enjoy! Maybe you can put it together with a vegan burger on a plate :)!

Dat het mag smaken

sooner evening (wintertime), time for candles and cauliflower soup….

It’s always strange how quick it goes, the night comes earlier, it get earlier dark. It has some nice moments, but a human need light, especially me…
When it’s dark, it’s time to go home, play some games, eating hot soup, reading good books, watching some nice films and especially the candles are making the mood when you close the curtains.
It’s time to lock you up, to prepare for the winter-time to eat some more greasy food for the cold weather.
Time for thinking time for being a little depressed, but then when the spring is coming you are more happy then ever!! You smile more, you can rule the world, you get in love again, the smell of the nice flowers, the sun…yes the sun I like the most!!
Anyway it will take 5 months till the spring will come, so again I made some soup, this time from cauliflower, this soup is creamy and thick, good for the winter to get your stomach filled till you will explode….and to need some rest after the meal because it has to fall down in your body. Good luck with making the soup…download some nice film (did I say download ;0) for the after dinner-dip.

The ingredients for the cauliflower soup (4-6 persons)

900 gram of cauliflower, cut in little roses
2 big potatoes (like 350 gram) cut in slices
1,5 litre vegetable bouillon
1 spring onion for garnish
16 whole almonds, you will grind it your own
juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
1 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
some 4 seasoning pepper
Maybe if you have in the house (tofutti garlic and herb, of herb and chive) as a experiment

The kitchen tools
a cooking pan for the soup
a food processor
a baking pan
a whisker

Making the white creamy soup
It’s easy, wash all the vegetables, after get the cooking pan, pour in the bouillon, the cauliflower and potatoes.
Bring it to a boil and boil for 10 till 15 minutes, it’s ready when the cauliflower and potatoes are soft.
Put the c-flower and potatoes in the food processor,  grind till it’s smooth. Put back in the cooking pan, now you stir in the parsley, lemon juice and nutmeg! Put on a low fire, let not cook….Now you can roast the almonds in the frying pan, no oil only the pan fire and almonds (if you don’t have a mortar at home you can put the almonds in a plastic bag and hit them with a hammer in little pieces)
Bake the almonds till they are brown, beware suddenly it goes quickly and if you don’t watch them very well, they will get black and disgusting!
So if you have you can put in the tofutti, I didn’t try but I think it will make the soup delicious, just put in as much as you like. Anyway after this you put the soup in bowls, put on top of the soup the spring onion, cut in slices and the almonds. Sit comfortable and take care of the film after 😉
Maybe if you like you can bake some mushrooms and you can use this as garnish too, just experiment with the soup!!

Have a nice meal

bell peppers……

long time I didn’t write, I was soooo busy, we were out of dinner and to a nice theatre play, in Amsterdam-North there used to be a little village calls Asterdorp (that’s were the play was about with some old Dutch songs). This village was meant to be for asocial persons to live there and to be fed up again (to be clean and very well social people), they had one big entrée and in the night the entrée was closed. So strange I can’t imagine this happened.
The day after my niece and nephew came to sleep in Amsterdam by their uncle and aunt ;), funny their first time, they are 7 and 10 years old, we had fun at the nemo (www.e-nemo.nl/). This is a science centre. Really nice for children and adults to do some experiments, we wanted to go after to the rainbow warrior festival, but they were so tired we went straight to home!

We had some dinner and after we saw pirates of the Caribbean part 4 or something, I even didn’t see part one. It was a funny film but really not one of my kind!
Anyway Sunday they left and Monday we had to sleep very long we were so tired of the weekend, Tuesday also and now it’s Wednesday and I had time to make a proper dinner and a dinner I wanted to share.
I looked in the fridge and I saw bell peppers, broccoli and a leek. What to do? A soup is the easiest way of making diner with totally different vegetables. So this was my mission, make a nice bell pepper soup. I think I almost accomplished my mission!
Here are the ingredients ——->

the ingredients of the bell pepper soup

3 bell peppers ( coloured red, orange or yellow, because they are the sweetest) cut in 2 halves and unseeded
1 leek
280 gram broccoli
1,5 vegetables bouillon
1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder
some oil

The kitchen tools
a food processor
a wok
a cooking pan for 2 litres
an oven
some bowls

How to begin

You cut the bell peppers in half and unseeded them, put them in the oven for 20 minutes to get a darker peel! Put the oven on 200 degrees Celsius
In a meanwhile get the cooking pan, wash the broccoli and cut it in little pieces, you can use the stamp also! The stamp you must peel and then cut in slices…
Put them in the bouillon and bring it to a boil, boil this for 10 minutes till the broccoli is soft.
Now you are ready to cut the leek in slices! Get the wok, put some oil in and let the oil get warm, put in the leek and bake for a short time till the leek is glassy! Set aside…..
I think the bell peppers are ready now get them out of the oven, put them i9n the food processor together with the broccoli (don’t put the bouillon in maybe la little bouillon to get a smoother substance)
Is it a smooth liquid put them in the cooking pan together with the leek, stir till it’s mixed well. Now pour in the raspberry vinegar and the chilli powder! The soup is finished did you now it was so easy……?

Anyway nice to serve with some bread with herb-butter..you can find in some earlier blog of me, anyway I put it underneath this page!!

Have a nice meal…………

Oh yes and of course you want the recipe of the home-made herb-butter, here are the ingredients just put them all together in the mixing machine. Just taste if you like the taste and be a little creative (maybe some cayenne pepper)


The ingredients of the herb-butter

2 cloves of garlic
150 gram vegan butter
1/2 cup fresh parsley  or some dried
4 teaspoons garlic/pepper spice
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons of basil
2 teaspoons of dill
some juice of a lemon

 


almost halloween, that means pumpkintime!

It’s so easy to remember when Halloween is coming the pumpkins are everywhere in the store and not so expensive! And pumpkin is so delicious and sweet, and if you do it right you can cut out a face at the peel of the pumpkin, so you can put a candle in it and decorate your house or outside the house. Nice for the darker days
(It’s a hell of a job to cut out the meat of the pumpkin without ruin the pumpkin, but if you are patience you can do it!)
When the pumpkin is organic and not sprayed you can eat also the peel, I like to use everything of a vegetable, so you won’t throw anything away and get every vitamin of the vegetable inside your body. And most of the time just a little under the peel there are the most vitamins located.
So anyway what I made today is a nice pumpkin soup. A little hot and sweet, for me the perfect combination. 🙂
I made a big pan so I can eat also the day after some soup, and most of the time the taste is even better then when it was fresh cooked! Enjoy to make it and maybe to cut out a scary Halloween face…….and the seeds (dry them) maybe you can put them in the summer in the garden and who knows maybe you get some pumpkin plants!

The ingredients of the pumpkin soup (4-6 persons)
half of a pumpkin (surround 800 gram) cut in little cubes (organic? leave the peel on it will get soft)
1/2 of a onion cut in little pieces
10 mushrooms cut in slices
80 gram of coconut cream (santen) better is fresh coconut milk but I didn’t had it at home 😉
1 1/2 litre of vegetable bouillon
1 tablespoon of curry powder
1 teaspoon of chilli powder
1 leek cut in rings
3 big carrots cut in slices
juice of 1/2 a lemon
5 gram of fresh ginger (rasped)
Maybe some pumpkin seeds for garnish (baked in the oven for 10 minutes on low fire)
some oil
a dash of cranberry syrup for every bowl
1 tablespoon of dried parsley

the kitchen tools
a wok
a cooking pan
a food processor

The start of the soup
Cut everything what must be cut and wash also every vegetable! Get the pumpkin, the carrots, ginger, coconut cream and the bouillon, put them all together in the cooking pan. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes. When the pumpkin and carrots are soft it’s ready
In the meantime you can prepare, the onion, leek and mushroom in another pan! Get the wok and put some oil in it, heat the oil. After put in the leek and onion, the mushrooms you put in when the vegetables are glassy. The mushrooms must get a little tan and when ready set the wok aside.
The bouillon must be ready now! Get the food processor and ‘mash’ the vegetables till they are smooth…Put them back in the cooking pan, now poor in the lemon, spices, leek, mushrooms and onion. Stir well and stand for 5 minutes on a low fire. Get the bowls poor in the soup, put a dash of cranberry syrup in it, ready to serve!

Enjoy your meal!

demonstration….and again beansoup!

No money, money go to the richest, the normal people cannot get help, they have to pay more and more. Share, money is for everybody.
Yes I forgot about the demonstration occupy, but my boyfriend said to me we have to go there. I have a lot feeling with environment things but political and money things are not my best side, but of course i have an opinion about the subject.
We weren’t very long on the Beursplein in Amsterdam, because my boyfriend had to work and I had the little man with me..and it’s really getting cold, when you are not in the sun you freeze 😉
Respect for the people who slept there in tents and still are demonstrating!
Now at home getting the almost last vegetables from the garden. some carrots, cardoon (wow this is soo amazing plant) and one day before I decided to make something with beans, it’s cheap and very healthy. if you don’t have cardoon it’s not a big problem, maybe you can choose for some celery and more carrots!
Mmm and after I wrote this I tasted the cardoon and it wasn’t tasty any more, so I didn’t put cardoon in it also!

so the ingredients (4-6 persons) of the bean-soup

300 gram of aduki beans (I used the dried ones, 12 hours of soaking and 1 1/2 hour boiling in hot water)
a string of wakame seaweed cut in pieces
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon of djinten/ grounded cumin
1 pepper without seeds cut in 8 pieces
1/2 yellow bell pepper for garnish cut in bites
3 big carrots cut in slices
2 onions cut in rings
vegetable bouillon for 1,5 litre
2 potatoes cut in 6 parts

Kitchen tools
a cooking pan
a food processor
bowls for the soup
a wooden spoon
a knife
a frying pan

Ready to begin?

Prepare the aduki beans one day before if you have the dried ones, put them in water and let stand for 12 hours.
So cook the aduki beans 1 1/2 hour. So now you can begin with making the delicious bean-soup, put the beans in the cooking pan with some of the bouillon, together with the potatoes, djinten, curry powder, pepper  and seaweed.
Bring it to a boil and simmer like 10 minutes till the potatoes are soft!
After you will purée the soup till it’s smooth, pour back in the cooking pan, and now pour in the carrots and the rest of the bouillon, let simmer till the carrots are soft approx. 10 minutes!
Get the frying pan and bake the onions with some oil till they are glassy. Now you can get the bowls, pour the soup in the bowls, on top some onions and of course don’t forget the yellow bell pepper to fresh up the soup.
I would say eet smakelijk/ enjoy you meal

Endive mash hills with a river of tofu stones….and a good discussion

A week full of rain, but nice days with the American couchsurfers (Jenny and Greg) in our house. We went to the Anne Frank house, it’s terrible I didn’t went before, when I was younger I even made a presentation about Anne Frank…shame on me.
It was interesting to see how big the house is and in the end, you had really difficult issues about freedom to talk about. I am glad I am not a politician, sometimes it’s really difficult how far will you go about freedom of speak and when is something discrimination!
For me I think everybody has to respect each other, whatever their religion is or where they come from…

I have one motto, treat the persons/friends like the way you want to be threatened!

Anywayzz …Jenny and Greg, I liked the discussions we had about a lot of points in the world, like health insurances, animal rights, religion, how people lie to one another, money issues and so on….
And Jenny your recipes-blog is going to be awesome, and the food you made was delicious!
So here you get my recipe I made for you! and the potatoes are originally coming from South America!

Dutch endive mash hills with a river of tofu stones!!

Ingredients for the endive mash hills (4-6 persons)

2 kilogram potatoes washed and with peel
1 kilogram of endive (also for garnish)
1/2 cup rice milk
4 1/2 tablespoon curry powder (I had curry madras)
1/2 tablespoon chilli powder
1 cup roasted almonds
2 tablespoon parsley
2 onions, one white one red! cut in little pieces
3 apples
2 tablespoon of apple vinegar
some pepper and salt
garden cress for garnish
1/2 lemon his juice

For the river of tofu stones

500 gram of organic non GMO tofu, drained
some coconut oil for frying (no tasting coconut oil)
2 tablespoon of soya sauce (shoyu sauce)
2 oranges ripped of their juice
1 of the orange you get orang zest from

Kitchen tools!

food processor
(or a grinder and masher)
1 cooking pan
2 frying pan
a wooden spoon
a knife
a bowl

lets start…

Begin with the longest preparing ingredients, that are the potatoes just put them in a cooking pan and poor some water in it and bring it to a boil (for the environment put a lid on the pan), then let them boil for circa 15 minutes

In a meanwhile prepare the tofu, drain the tofu so most of the water is out the ‘brick’, then fry the tofu in a frying pan with the coconut oil…You can see if they are getting a brown colour they are ready to marinade.
Get the bowl and put together the shoyu sauce, orange juice and zest, mix it well. When you put the tofu out of the oil lay them on some paper towel to get rid of the too much oil-leftovers : )
Now put them in the bowl and mix everything together!

Back to the basic things to do, wash the endive and cut them in little pieces like, 1 inch (set aside) now get the almonds grind them or put them in a food processor they must become little chunks, time to roast them, just get a frying pan and heat the pan without oil, throw the almonds in a let them get tanned! (set aside)

Of course the onions has to be cut also, so get the peel of and slice them with a knife and take the same  frying pan as the almonds and quick bake them with some oil till they are glassy (set aside)

The potatoes will be ready by now, mash them and poor some rice milk, lemon juice and apple vinegar in it so it gets like puree, then poor the spices in mix very well ( I was just lazy and used the food processor to do all this work for me)
Put the purée in the pan, or it’s still in the pan and mix together (with the wooden spoon) the endive pieces, purée and apple pieces.
Everything is ready by now get the plates,  be creative and make a wonderful landscape of it with two hills of endive mash, between a river with stones of tofu and orange marinade, and some snow felt out of the sky made of almonds and some pepper and salt. Grass as weed (garden cress)

With the pepper and salt you can choose how much you like, I think it’s always difficult how many salt and pepper people want, I just used to use no salt at all

Enjoy your meal!

wrap it all…the fillings

The last piece of the really nice and tasty wraps! So hold on just 30 minutes and you can decorate the plate like the way you wanted too look like..and go to eat…Let the countdown start!

Filling number 1  soya chunks

The ingredients of the soya chunks

60 gram of dried soya chunks (You can also use ready to cook ones out of the shop)
1 tablespoon of tamari (Japanese soy sauce)
1 cup of water
1/2 of a big onion cut in slices
2 cloves of garlic pressed
some oil
100 gram of mushrooms

Kitchentools

a saucepan
a frying pan

What to do…

Take the saucepan and pour the water the tamari and the dried soya chunks in!
Now bring it to a boil, and let simmer for 30 minutes….stir every 10 minutes and look if the water isn’t evaporated ( pour some water extra in it when this is happening)

Soya chunks are finished? Get the frying pan, put some oil in it, heat it up! Now you can bake all the ingredients first bake the soya, then for a short time the onion and the garlic. After you put the mushrooms in The soya is browner then before, the onions are glassy and the mushrooms are tinier, it’s the sign that the filling is ready to be wrapped!

The last but not least!

filling number 2 bean party

Ingredients of the bean party

250 gram kidney beans
220 gram of pumpkin cut in little cubes (cook before use like 20 minutes in water in a cooking pan or use canned ones)
230 gram of corn
1 red bell pepper cut in little pieces
240 gram of black eyed peas
1 tablespoon of dried parsley
1 tablespoon of dried chive
1/2 cup of water

Which tools you need?

a cooking pan

What to do…?

Just put everything together in the cooking pan except the red bell pepper, and heat it up, mix well together. Till you get a coloured party inside the cooking pan. Lets stand for about 5- 10 minutes (not boiling just simmer).
On the end pour the red bell pepper in it or just put it on the plate for decoration!!

Finally after all the steps, you can start to make your plate perfect to serve for guest or family. I used also some rocket, cucumber and pepper as a garnish.
How to wrap is just easy! Just get a wrap, put the fillings or just one in the wrap, maybe some lettuce or rocket inside, fold the wrap and voila………!

enjoy you meal/ provecho


wrap it all…the sauces

Yes you reached the part two of making the wraps, HOORAY!!!

First I made guacamole, this I spices up a little bit, so if you don’t like too make it too spicey put some less pepper in it.

NUMBER 1 the guacamole
Ingredients of the guacamole

1 avocado
1/2 lemon ripped of his juice
1 medium onion
8 pieces of dried piri-piri
1 teaspoon  dried paprika powder
2 cloves of garlic

The tools

Use the food processor
a little bowl to put the sauce in

What to do

Just pour everything in the food processor and blend till it’s getting smooth! Your sauce 1 is finished!
Just pour it into the bowl

NUMBER 2 the tomato sauce

2 tomatoes cut in cubes
1 cup of water
1 tin of tomato paste (68 gram)
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
some flour (2-3 teaspoons) to make the sauce thick
1 tablespoon of dried basil

Kitchentools

a sauce pan
a beater?

let’s start

Put the saucepan on the fire, pour in the water and the tomato paste and mix till it’s all red coloured and has no lumps.Now you can pour every ingredient except the flour in the pan and bring it to a boil. Boiling? Put the gas down and make the sauce thick when you pour in slowly the flour and stir very well. So this is done also. You are really rocking

you are almost there just the filling has to be made this is easy also!

wrap it all….the dough

big news today, somewhere in the Netherlands a suitcase full of money felt out of a money transport..the cars behind the money transport stopped and picked up a lot of the money. Yes the money was laying on the street I wish I was there at that time : ) No I was at home cleaning the house, doing some shopping and the most important I was in Amsterdam far away from the incident, next time better.

The summer here isn’t really getting better, still rainy, it looks like autumn, I am curious what the autumn will be ( like winter?). Anyway a lot of time to cook some great meal. Looked what I had in the fridge and I had a great idea some Mexican wraps would be nice..Let’s make it

I made everything on my own even the wraps, if you are lazy just buy them in the shop and look if they are vegan of course.

So first the wraps because it takes the most time to make it

Ingredients of the wraps

350 gram of spelt flour
200 ml water
1 teaspoon chilipowder
2 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of dried chive

Kitchentools

a food processor with dough-hook
a bowl
a slightly wet towel to put over the bowl
a frying pan
a rolling pin
some flour to roll the dough on

How to make

Mix everything together in the foodprocessor till you get a roll of dough what is really flexible, not too wet and not to dry. (if it’s to dry put some more water in it, if it’s to wet put some more flour in the mixture) Let’s stand for 1/2 hour in a bowl covered with a slightly wet towel (so the dough won’t dry).
Now it’s ready for rolling the wraps, the wraps are just like pancakes, make a little balls and roll them round as big as your biggest frying pan. (use the roller pin and the flour to let the dough not be sticky on the table)

I made 10 wraps out of the dough, the one is more beautiful as the other but the taste is nice ; ). Finished rolling? Time for baking the wraps.
Put the frying pan on a fire, and one by one you will bake the wraps, when you see the wraps bubbling you will turn it around, look if they are baked well on both sides and so on..